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Officer Richard Allen May, Jr. | East Palo Alto Police Department, California East Palo Alto Police Department, California


Richard Allen May, Jr.

East Palo Alto Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, January 7, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 14 years, 6 months

Badge # 33

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer Richard May was shot and killed when he responded to a disturbance call.

Officer May responded to the corner of University Avenue and Weeks Street at approximately 1630 hours. When he arrived, he observed several men fighting. As he approached the group, one of the men fled. Officer May attempted to stop that male, when the suspect turned around and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun, killing Officer May. The suspect fled on foot, but was apprehended later that night. The suspect, a documented gang member, was found with a bullet wound to his leg, that had been inflicted by Officer May before he died.

A 14-year-old police explorer was participating in a ride along with Officer May at the time of the incident, but was not injured.

Officer May was a US Marine Corps veteran and had served with the East Palo Alto Police Department for 18 months. He had previously served for 13 years with the Lompoc Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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I remember standing on the corner of Bay rd & University watching as a sea of officers drove through town to take you to your final resting place... I never met you, but because of that day... Because of the Explorer that rode with you the day you were gunned down, I have taken down the road to become an Officer too. I am an East Palo Alto Explorer and I'm proud to say I was trained by the very same Explorer that helped catch your attacker. It is an honor to wear the same patch you wore. To say I too believe in making my community better.

Thank you for your sacrifice, We will never forget you.

Rest In Peace.

Edgard Navarro
East Palo Alto Police Explorer Post 812
November 7, 2015


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